Hi guys! This week I want to try something new. We will go through my ARC(s) that come out, as per normal; then the ones I bought or are considering. After that, I want to do an honorable mention/ new to me section before closing because I often discover books through blogs and the New York Times book review that may have been out for some time but isn’t getting a lot of chatter for whatever reason. Let’s get started!
I have one ARC coming out this week:
I loved and hated this book- the characters were well developed if sometimes a bit cliché, and the premise was intriguing but there were times where I felt like the presentation could have been better. The changing narratives was necessary in order to give you background and information on each character and their thoughts, but I felt like this devise was over-used. There were times where the narrator changed, but the segment did nothing to move the story along. Then there were pacing issues. At times we moved so slowly that I had to give myself frequent breaks from the mini drama/ tedium…. then there were sections where you knew it would be important to understand, but it was racing along so quickly that you felt like you lost something. Despite this, I found the book to be interesting and fairly entertaining. It won’t be in my list of best books of all times, but it’s a witty and fairly quick read. I did love Scarlet, even if Poppy and the adults were complete messes.
I have two pre-ordered books that came out this week:
The Secret, Book, & Scone Society floored me. I loved the characters, the town, the author’s word choices….. just everything. I have bought 13 books from this author simply because I wasn’t ready to let this author go. (An eight book series that I adored and a few books from other series’ that I am having fun with, but none that drew me like this one.) Since letting go of the last page, I have waited for the next installment. This is definitely one of my “read or die” books of the year, and no matter how broke I was, or how many other books I had to read, there was no way I wasn’t buying this one.
Nora just wants peace and quiet, to sell books and heal herself. Instead she has a teenage runaway with a hospital ID and wearing purloined clothes and bruises. Who is she, where did she come from? When a connection is found between a dead customer and her runaway, Nora and her friends must discover is she is a murderer, or the next target. Then there’s the new business in town, Virtual Genie, a cyber shop that buys people’s unwanted items for cash. Griffin Kingsley looks like a god-send for the town, listening to his people, plying children with candy and adults with caffeine…. but with the recent murder can the newcomer be discounted as a suspect?
Little more than a month ago James J Cudney (Jay from This is my truth now) came out with the first book of the Braxton Campus mysteries, Academic Curveball. Widower and single father Kellan came home for his father’s retirement party and stayed to solve a murder. Filled with great characters, heart and laughs this one was an instant favorite. That said, HOLY CLIFF-HANGERS BATMAN! I couldn’t wait for book two so that I could learn more- and as luck would have it, I didn’t have to because it came out just over a month after the first book. My preordered eBook dropped yesterday and I am so excited!
Kellan snags a ticket to the college’s dress rehearsal of King Lear and goes with Nana D and her friends. During the second act on of them seems to have a heart attack but Nana smells a rat. She wants Kellan to find out what really happened to her friend. With his romantic and work life already in upheaval will he be able to juggle an investigation with everything else?
Now, for my honorable mention of the week:
Lord, where do I begin? First, I love the name. This one came out in June but I just saw a blurb for it for the first time in the New York Times book review. There are no reviews for this in either Goodreads or Amazon, which is odd to me; but for $3.99 and being only 102 pages, how could I go wrong? Then there’s the premise- an older gentleman’s tales of internet dating- crazy first dates: a bath-tub meet up, smudging, and other odd incidents- how does this not sound like a great time to everybody? I bought it immediately and can’t wait to dive in.
So that’s me for the week. Have I missed any? Which ones are you excited about?